At Manchester Health Academy (MHA) our Curriculum is set up to develop students’ cultural capital and knowledge of the world that will support our students to develop a sense of purpose within society, where they become active citizens and contributors. To us the curriculum is more than academic achievement; rather it encompasses a child’s whole experience of growing up in modern Britain and having equal opportunities. Our Curriculum begins before a child starts at MHA with our strong primary school links and builds on their learning gained in these early years through a strong relationship with partner primary school leadership teams. MHA strives to support our students to become the best they can through developing their understanding of health, academic, artistic and personal growth. MHA provides a structured, supportive but challenging and enriching range of opportunities leading towards their future aspirations for life after MHA.
At the Academy, we operate a two-week timetable where students are taught five one-hour lessons per day. In addition, the tutorial programme develops curriculum links as well as developing resilient and aspirational leaders.
Students develop skills and knowledge in a Key Stage 3 curriculum model which includes the following areas;
We develop student’s skills across the curriculum in areas such as:
As Health is our specialism, students have one lesson a week during which they learn about issues which are important to their own health and well-being. This might be about keeping themselves safe, drugs and alcohol education, sex and relationship education, or first aid delivered by the ORCS team from Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. As part of these sessions we have the support of several outside agencies who will come in and carry out workshops. Students are also involved in Healthy Schools projects such as Health Promotion campaigns. Students in all years and staff also get involved in our biannual Health Days, one of which features the Summer Health Walk.
Students develop skills and knowledge in a Key Stage 4 curriculum model which includes the following compulsory areas;
Ethics equips young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in life. Students are coached to develop the key competencies to be successful. Essential time is spent helping students with time management, commitment, motivation and study habits. Students will also learn about their rights, responsibilities and duties, and about laws, justice and democracy.
Students in Year 10 will continue to be offered 3 hours of core Physical Education per fortnight. The aim is to promote a life-long love of participating in physical activity. Students will participate in a wide and varied curriculum in sports and activities such as Handball, Trampolining, Fitness and Gymnastics as well as the more traditional sports of Football and Netball. Students may also begin to study for a Level 2 BTEC Award in Sport which will give them an additional qualification in Year 11.
Students also develop skills and knowledge in selected options subjects.
It is essential that your child selects subjects that for the next two years of their academic life will enable them to fully develop and enhance their skills and to support their future choices in study, employment and ultimately lifelong learning.
Alternative curriculum arrangements are provided for students whose needs do not suit the mainstream model.
Within the Sixth Form students can achieve BTEC Extended National Diplomas in our specialist subjects Health & Social Care at Level 3. Students may also have the opportunity to study additional qualifications alongside their main course of study (e.g coaching and gym instruction).
All students will continue to study English and/or Maths until they have attained the required grade 4 in both subjects.